01
Apr

An Architectural Oasis

Telling its stories, a place becomes part of those stories. The legend takes on a life beyond the place and becomes timeless.The origins of the village are lost in the history of medieval Tuscany and the famous people who established the reputation of the region. Every alley, every stone speaks of a time that once was, of flavours and scents that recall the memory of a rare and more authentic Tuscany.Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, in the shadow of the cypress trees of the ancient Via dei Sette Ponti, (an area rich in art and culture between the three main cities of Tuscany Florence, Arezzo and Siena), this village is an open window on history, a fresco to a far away world. The Medici dynasty, the Savoia family and now the Ferragamo family have safeguarded and preserved this precious oasis, making this place, suspended between the past and the present, a sanctuary dedicated to well-being and the art of hospitality.

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In this medieval village, a Relais & Châteaux nestles in the picturesque Tuscan countryside.  This place offers charm and hospitality totally orientated to the needs of guests.  An astonishing variety of activities and indulgences to suit the most discerning of palettes. With rooms which are an elegant portrait of the classic Tuscan style. Subjected to meticulous restoration, the original features have been retained whilst enriching them with all the most modern comforts. Stay in the historical villas or in one of the suites in the village and enjoy the unique culture. Or experience your stay in one of the the farmhouses, which are a different way to experience this beautiful place. Surrounded by orchards and gardens, lovingly restored in traditional style and materials, these structures blend functionality and comfort and offer a unique experience.  Let yourself be swept in to a landscape populated by olive groves, vineyards and traditional rural farmhouses and soak in the atmosphere of Tuscany.  All the Farmhouses are located in the countryside surrounding the medieval village; it is recommended that you have your own car.

Stay here and enjoy the food and there is so much to offer, from the osteria to the bistro to the VinCafe. Enjoy spa treatments and group retreats and there are a few schedules available for 2016 and enjoy the wine which is produced here. Quote reference: 1124.

Ideal for:

  • Romantic Breaks
  • Foodies
  • Sport Enthusiasts
  • Weddings….

 

01
Apr

A Family Concern

Welcome to this family run location.  Located in a small village just outside the walls of the medieval town Casole d’Elsa, in the upper part of the Val d’Elsa, on the borders of the province of Siena and not far from San Gimignano and Volterra.

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The house is open all year round and you can come for short stays (weekends for example), week holidays or work stays. The environment is ideal for children and couples or those of you who do not wish to drive every day.  There are large open spaces where children can play without danger.

With eight apartments available for guests, all well furnished, renovated, of various sizes, with very picturesque views, typical of the Tuscan hills. They have air conditioning and access to wireless internet connection. From the swimming pool you can enjoy a breathtaking view with a terrace that overlooks a far-reaching valley surrounded by a chain of hills on which stands the ancient villages of Mensano, Monteguidi, Radicondoli with the geothermal Museum “Le Energie del Territorio” (The Territory’s Energies), Pomarance and Larderello with its unique fumaroles and the evocative medieval Rock of Sillano. There is an equipped gazebo on the pool side where you can enjoy light lunches, dinners, parties, drinks, private and exclusive cocktail parties.

The property produces  extra virgin Olive Oil and wine, which you can buy directly.The family atmosphere is very welcoming and it makes it a perfect holiday place for those who love relaxation and quiet. While here you will find two restaurants and a wine bar. The Restaurant is mentioned in many famous guidebooks – one star on Michelin – and it is considered one of the best in Tuscany. A sophisticated atmosphere where you can taste regional food with a modern touch. Their other Restaurant offers typical Tuscan food, with high quality but reasonable prices. The wine bar is full of fine wines. An ideal destination for lovers of wine-tasting.  Quote reference: 4246

This place is perfect for:

  • Wine tasting
  • Fine Dining
  • Small intimate weddings
30
Mar

Away from the Madding Crowd

This property is the result of careful restoration by the Gioffreda family who in the early ‘90s restored this architectural jewel to its former glory.  Hidden behind the village of Gaiole in Chianti, not only famous for its wine and quality of life but for the famous bike race, Eroica, which takes place every year.  The hamlet is reached via a beautiful white road starting at the village of Barbischio, bringing you to the heart of the authentic Tuscan countryside. The quaint houses of Eroica are built from traditional stone, respecting the architectural tradition of the territory and features include exposed wooden beams, stone fireplaces and terracotta floors. There are rooms here but there are also some lovely apartments, all of them characterised by the local stone, exposed wooden beams and terracotta floors, each with an outdoor area and kitchen.  The apartments are spacious with an independent entrance and offer complete privacy.

This place has so much to offer, from the production of wine and oil, to a wellness area where you can enjoy a range of treatments. With a restaurant which is a touch different to other traditional restaurants, this restaurant is dedicated to the rediscovery of taste. Using the noble traditions of Chianti cuisine of local ingredients complimented by the organic extra virgin olive oil and Sangiovese wine, the chef creates authentic dishes with ingredients from the local territory.